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Alcohol and Sexual Assault: The Connection by Scott Hampton, Psy.D.

http://www2.potsdam.edu/hansondj/Controversies/1109127234.html

Discussion questions:

1. In the linked article, Scott Hampton discusses the concept of using alcohol to avoid responsibility for one's actions.  Have you seen this in your own life with peers or family?  If so, what are the common ways this takes form?

2. How does the lack of responsibility around actions differ for women and men?  If someone has been drinking, how do we tend to interpret that person’s behavior differently depending upon gender?

3. There has been a disturbing trend toward playing extreme practical jokes on fellow students who have passed out from consuming too much alcohol.  Using information from the article and what you remember from the workshop, what is dangerous about this sort of “pranking”? 

Manufacturing Consent - Is It Rape?  by Ben Atherton-Zeman

http://www.nomas.org/node/150

Discussion questions:

1. In our presentation we talked a lot about 'gray areas', how everything isn't black and white regarding sexual assault and consent.  Based on the "C" of Charm described in the article can you describe how this can produce a 'grey area'?  In your opinion when does Charm become problematic?

2. Can you identify with any of the “C”s that Ben Atherton-Zeman says, “belong on the continuum of rape culture” in your own life or in others close to you?  Does this article alter your perspective regarding what you've seen or experienced, or the choices you might make?

3. In the list of positive "C's", Atherton-Zeman describes Communication.  Healthy communication around sexual boundaries, desire and expression, can be challenging.  When looking at your own communication skills, do you think you are (or will be) a good communicator regarding intimacy?  What are some skills you employ (or might use) to communicate effectively?

What Would You Do Clips produced by ABC 

Please watch the following 2 clips about a man drugging a woman's drink and note the reaction of bystanders. 

Part 1:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pyly3KPQihw

Part 2:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcnbvWgQBuM&feature=related

Discussion questions:

1. As the title of the show suggests, what do you think you would do in these situations? 

 What factors might influence your decisions about intervention? 

2. Has the workshop on Consent and Bystander Intervention altered or enhanced your awareness of options and choices for bystander intervention?  If yes, in what ways?